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Fred (WB6WHJ)


Fred was an ordinary Navy enlisted man who helped this kid learn about electronics and about ham radio. He was your typical "sailor" and talked raunchy when they thought I wasn't in earshot. But he encouraged me, and teased me about the possibilities (our first meeting, he took his Swan 350 and talked to a guy in Japan - right in front of me!). For my novice CW test, I thought he was checking my progress. He tuned in a slow station and had me copy it. I did OK, I guess. He told me that I just passed my Novice code test. Woohoo! Then he ordered the written test materials, and when they came in, I passed those pretty handily, but I was pretty nervous. I was in 8th grade, for god's sake, and I was dealing with the Federal Government. That was in the late 1960's, and a lot of things have changed since then, but because of him I always make sure that if I can help a newcomer get interested in ham radio, I will do so! Thanks, Fred. Dave

Contributed by: Dave Bushong (KZ1O)

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